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Thursday, July 14, 2011


If you were out of town last Sunday you missed our talks.  And boy were they good.  We were asked to speak on Elder Holland's talk, An Ensign to the Nations... so I talked about getting out of debt.  Which led to our announcement that we are most likely moving so we can be debt free, hence why we were asked to talk.

Anyway, you should get out of debt if you aren't... Thus sayeth the Lord (not through me, through his prophets, whom I quoted a lot on Sunday).

PS I hope to see lots of people at the ward camp out next weekend.  Don't forget!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bear Creek Social

Hey y'all, don't forget about the Bear Creek Social Picnic (dinner and dessert) on April 30th from 5-9pm. It's the day after my birthday. Don't forget that day either. It's pretty much the best day ever. Anyway, I digress. There will be hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and more. I'm personally going to bring three dozen milk chocolate chip cookies, hopefully made by Tom (you hope so too!). Bring your family and friends. We will be playing games, including softball so bring your mitts.

Please come! Email Mike Gibb at mike.gibb@simplot.com to RSVP (or call him).

PS Did you notice today in church that I said the closing prayer... for the second week in a row? I guess we could work on our communication in the Rich household. Hahaha.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Women in the Scriptures

Last Tuesday night was enrichment. Sister Olsen came from another stake to talk about women in the scriptures. It was a fabulous presentation. Here is the bibliography and scriptures to study if you want to learn more about these incredible women.

Mothers of Promise: Women in the Book of Genesis: Schneider, Tammi J
Forgotten Women of God: Webb, Diana
Gospel Scholars Series - Selected Writings of M. Catharine Thomas
Leaven – 150 Women in Scriptures Whose Lives Lift Ours:Hurd, Jerrie
The Hidden Christ – Beneath the Surface of the Old Testament: Ferrell, James L
Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament:Holzapfel, Huntsman &Wayment
Women of the Old Testament: Camille Fronk Olson, paintings by Elsbeth Young
Content with the Things Allotted unto Us; Ensign May 2000; Neal A Maxwell
Scriptures – More Precious Than Gold; CES Fireside September, 2005; Susan W Tanner
Daughters of God; Ensign, November 1991; Gordon B Hinckley
Spiritual Strength in Challenging Times: Lord, Increase our Faith; BYU Women’s Conference 2009: Camille Fronk Olson

Lois and Eunice - Acts 16:1-5 then 2 Timothy 1:5
Priscilla – Acts 18; Romans 16:3-5
Lydia – Acts 16
Dorcus (Tabitha) – Acts 9
Puah and Shiprah - Exodus 1:15-21
The Little Maid --2 Kings 5:1-27
Deborah – Judges 4-5; LDS Bible Dictionary, 655
Rahab the harlot – Joshua 2;Matt 1:5 (spelled Rachab); Heb 11; James 2:25; Bible Dictionary
The Shunamite& Widow of Obadiah–2 Kings 4:1-38; 8:1-6
Huldah – A Prophetess – 2 Kings 22 and 2 Chron 34
Hagar - Gensis 21: 9-20
Pilate’s Wife – Matthew 27:19, 22-24
Abigail – 2 Samuel 17; 1 Chronicles 2:16-17; Bible Dictionary
Deborah – Genesis 24; Judges 4-5; LDS Bible Dictionary
Widow of Zarephath – 1 Kings 17

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Hey, I just wanted to post the RS newsletter that I got in an email in case you read this and didn't get it.

*Presidency Message*
Spring has arrived! As we look out our windows this month we might see the beautiful colors, buds & blooms that spark the newness of life for nature. As we soak up the sun’s rays with much appreciation for the warmth and brightness that it offers we might find our self grateful for the changing season & feel ready to put another winter behind us. As we get outdoors to welcome springtime we have great potential to find a fulfilling sense of joy and gratitude for our families. We can satisfy this potential by working together to clean up our yards as we rake, prune, and clean away the winter, or as we prepare our flower and vegetable gardens, or as we simply go on walks together. We might find ourselves giggling with our children or grandchildren at the playground, or playing an all-age family game of softball. I don't know about you but I find these times to be a fantastic opportunity to truly count my blessings and enjoy the time I have with the family I am with.

A fabulous talk from the October 2010 conference titled Of Things That Matter Most by Dieter F Uchtdorf states that one of our key relationships is with our families. Since “no other success can compensate for failure” here, we must place high priority on our families. We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities. We establish a divine bond with each other as we approach God together through family prayer, gospel study, and Sunday worship.

I hope we can take some time this month to really build our family relationships, especially through spending time together. Take in the beauty that spring has to offer, soak up some sunlight, and maybe get a few things done while we are at it. Keep in mind, of all our earthly relationships; none are more important than the family.

Have a great month, we love you!

Angela, Marlene, Debbie, & Carrie

2nd Tana Barrett
9th Denise Allred
26th Angela Redding
29th Kelli Rich
29th Cynthia Ellsworth
30th Julie Severson

Other News

We have another new family to add to our ward family…Welcome Brian and Katie Wiggins! Their children are Brian II age 13, Brendan age 11, Brock age 2, and Bryce age 1.

Young Women News
In young women’s we have been working very hard on personal progress and we have a jar that we fill with little tokens for every experience or project that is completed. I am happy to report that your young women have filled that jar!! I am so proud of these girls, they have worked really hard. Please keep encouraging your daughters to keep working hard.
Our activities for April are as followed:
April 6th: Combined Young Women – We will be celebrating due to the personal progress jar being filled. Meet at church at 7:00pm.
April 13th: Laurels will be doing hair and make up.
Mia Maids will be going to Jakelle Johnson’s home to celebrate Jakelle’s birthday.
Beehives will be going to the Jones’s home to play in their gym.
April 20th: Combined Young Women/Young Men. Meet at church at 7:00pm.
April 27th: Laurels will be doing a Relief Society activity
Mia Maids activity will be announced in class
Beehives will be learning how to draw.
For all activities the Young Women are supposed to meet at the church unless told other wise.
There will be NO STAKE DANCE this month.
Primary News
Congrats to Mackenzie Redding who will be graduating from Primary this month - we will miss her!!
The theme for April in Primary is 'Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer' - and our scripture is Article of Faith number 3. We will be focusing on these truths throughout Singing and Sharing Times.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Meridian Temple

I just wanted to say that I was so surprised to hear the announcement that a temple is going to be built in our little city. This is so exciting! Conference weekend is always great but this one was exceptional. The spirit was so strong... and we're getting a temple!